Higher Degree Research

Applications to the PhD and MPhil are now open for domestic and international Higher Degree Research candidates commencing in 2021 with intended research topics in one of IRCI's areas of expertise:

  • History of religion (social, intellectual, cultural), particularly Christianity, in all its forms (New Testament Studies and reception history, organizations, identities, experiences, and ideas, including theology, philosophy, technology, material culture, popular culture, history of science, music, ritual, and literature)
  • Christianity and its relations to Judaism, the religions of Mediterranean antiquity, Islam, Europe, and European colonies from Antiquity to the Enlightenment)
  • Theology and religious thought, in all their dimensions, including ethics, aesthetics, ritual, philosophy of religion, cross-cultural engagements, Catholicities, Vatican II Studies, comparative theologies, Global Christianity, ecumenism

Successful applicants will be fully immersed in the intellectual life of the Institute, at ACU’s St. Patrick’s Campus in Fitzroy, Melbourne, participating in seminars, conferences, and reading groups, and working collaboratively with our team of world-class scholars across our three research programs in biblical and early Christian studies, medieval and early modern studies, and religion and theology.

These programs support ongoing research projects which provide a vibrant environment for research students, including the possibility of international experience at international partner institutions and a co-tutelle program with KU Leuven. Current projects include: ‘Modes of Knowing and the Ordering of Knowledge in Early Christianity’, ‘Texts, Traditions, and Early Christian Identities’, and ‘Redeeming Autonomy: Agency, Vulnerability, and Relationality’. Please see the Biblical and Early Christian Studies, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and Religion and Theology pages for further information, and for contact details of researchers involved in these projects.

Successful applicants are eligible for financial support through one of the University’s competitive research scholarships. Financial support includes a stipend scholarship, a fees-offset scholarship or a tuition fee waiver (as appropriate). Full details are found in the University’s research scholarships website.

At ACU the PhD is a three year degree, while the MPhil is a two year degree. A PhD Thesis must make an original contribution to the field, whereas an MPhil Thesis is required to display mastery of its field. For more information about HDR/graduate degrees at ACU, consult the following links:

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Before you apply:

Prior to submitting your application you should review:

How to Apply:

Applicants must follow the instructions on the ACU Become a Research Candidate Page and submit their completed application by 11:59pm Sunday 18th October 2020 (AEDT).

Further information

For further information please contact eo.irci@acu.edu.au

Additional information for prospective research candidates

Information about the Institute, its research programs, and living in Melbourne.

Additional Information Pack


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